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Adobe's latest sneak projects show what machine learning can do for art

By Marcus Wong - 21 Oct 2018

Sneaking design technologies of the future at Adobe Max 2018

Adobe Max is probably one of the biggest design events of the year, and the highlight of Max is undoubtedly the segment they call “Sneaks”. This is where Adobe’s engineers show off what they’ve been working on, and it’s generally most impressive to say the least. Here’s a quick round up of what was on display, all powered by Adobe Sensei.


If you’ve worked with motion graphics, you’ll know how tedious it can be to add an animation. Brush Bounty lets you literally add animations with a single stroke, and helps to connect your artwork to live data. As in the video above, all you need to do to have rainfall in your image match the rainfall in your actual location is to copy a link to that information.


Having to create multiple versions of varying aspect ratios of the same video is a pain, as you have to manually ensure that your key elements remain in frame. Not with Smooth Operator. This automatically picks up the main subject of your video and automatically adjusts the frame to ensure that it can always be seen.


If you ever wanted to make your own custom origami pieces, this next one is for you. Fantastic Fold automatically breaks down the orientation of each plane of an origami fold and applies the right part of your design so that it matches perfectly when you put it together.


Working with teams in 3D can be tricky. To show the other party which precise angle you mean, you’ll need to create a render for each view. What if you could just walk around your 3D model and capture the angles you need from your phone? That’s what Project Waltz does, and more. As you’ll see from the video above, it allows you to create camera effects just by moving your mobile phone.


Working with fonts can be tricky given the sheer number of fonts available. Sometimes you come across just the right one on a street sign, but can’t find the matching download for use. Fontphoria takes care of all of this by converting any image into a font. Make your own fonts by modifying just a single letter and see it magically applied across the entire family. Awesome!

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